KEENE — A Winchester man convicted of sexually assaulting a child was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison this week in the Cheshire Superior Court.

Richard Soulia, 58, of 17 Fenton Hill in the Ashuelot village section of Winchester was found guilty by a jury of four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault of a child. He had been indicted last year on several counts alleging he sexually assaulted a child under the age of 13 when the assaults began, according to court records.

The sentence includes another 10 to 20 years in prison, suspended for the remainder of Soulia’s life. Assuming he ever is released, the suspended sentence will hang over his head to insure he remains on good behavior. If he’s ever freed from prison, Soulia is to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, according to the sentencing order.

The victim told police Soulia started assaulting her when she was in grade school. The assaults continued until she was in her early teens.

During an encounter with Soulia in which he tried to assault her, the victim threatened to tell an adult about the abuse. Soulia’s criminal history included a conviction for physically assaulting a child, and past criminal allegations of sexual abuse, according to court records.

One count of aggravated felonious sexual assault was dropped by prosecutors before last month’s trial. The jury also found Soulia not guilty on one count of prostitution involving the victim.

According to court records, Soulia allegedly attempted to pay the victim to engage in sex. The victim at the time of that incident was under the age of 18, according to the indictment.{/div}

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